2009 Qupe "Bien Nacido Vineyard" Santa Maria Valley Syrah

SKU #1108160 89 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright purple. Blackberry and cassis scents are complicated by notes of game, black pepper and bitter chocolate. Spicy dark fruit flavors show good concentration and focus, with zesty acidity adding spine. Finishes with good cut, length and lingering spiciness.  (11/ 2011)

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Delivering terroir and value, this bottling from Qupé is one of the top values in Central Coast Syrah. It was aged for 19 months in mostly French oak barrels (20% new) with 10% new Hungarian oak barrels in the mix as well. From the winery: "The high percentage of X block gives this wine a depth and richness and 2009 was just a really good vintage too. The aromas are classic Bien Nacido and classic cool climate syrah- spicy, peppery, clove, nutmeg, dried raspberry and just enough of that thyme and sage character that comes from the stems."

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By: Sarah Covey |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/18/2013  | Send Email
Blackberry, bacon, spice, with earthy aromatics. Medium plus acidity and medium plus tannin. This Syrah is clearly cool-climate, which winemaker Bob Lindquist handles deftly and with great skill. A gorgeous wine, great with food for the near term, and will age gorgeously!

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Shiraz/Syrah

- One of France's noblest black grape varieties, Syrah is known for its intense and distinctive perfume reminiscent of briar fruit, tar, spice and black pepper and its firm structure. One of few black grape varietals frequently vinified on its own, the best examples of Syrah come from the Northern Rhône, particularly Hermitage, but also Côte-Rôtie, Cornas, Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph. These wines are very astringent in their youth, though some Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph can be enjoyed young, relatively speaking. Given the requisite patience, though, these wines can reveal amazing complexity and secondary fruit characteristics like plum and blackcurrant as well as subtle hints of smoke and flowers. In the Southern Rhône, Syrah is used to add structure and complexity to wines dominated by Grenache and complemented by Mourvèdre, like the more immediately drinkable Côte du Rhônes, as well as the long-lived wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In recent years, plantings of Syrah have spread throughout the Languedoc-Roussillon where it is produced on its own or blended with other varietals. Outside of France, the most important Syrah growing country is easily Australia, where it is called Shiraz. Quality levels here depend greatly on yields and geography, and the wines range from bold, fruity and easy-drinking to intense and ageable, like the famed Penfolds Grange. Often bottled on its own, in Australia Syrah is also can be blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre, as in the Southern Rhône, and is increasingly combined with Cabernet Sauvignon. Syrah has also been steadily increasing in popularity in California, thanks to a group of advocates called the Rhône Rangers. Its most successful iterations come from the Central and Sonoma Coasts, where winemakers are pushing boundaries and creating some incredible wines. In recent years Syrah has also found a number of proponents in Washington State, which is definitely a region to watch for this variety.
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United States

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Alcohol Content (%): 13.8